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Clooney Restaurant

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33 Sale Street | Freeman's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-358 1702
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Located in the heart of Auckland's Freeman's Bay, Clooney is a partnership...
Located in the heart of Auckland's Freeman's Bay, Clooney is a partnership between restaurateur Tony Stewart and Chef Desmond Harris. Chef Harris' cuisine melds the tradition of classical cuisine with a contemporary approach to ingredients and technique. Clooney's dishes are continually in progress, reflecting seasonality, inspiration and evolution.
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 211
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  • 45
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 4
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Unique Fine Dining Experience

Enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant, very calming with all the tassled curtains floating in the wind. The food was excellent & uniquely compiled dishes made for a superb 7 course degustation. Dessert topped the night off as my favourite course, so many different flavours all delicious. Happy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant, very calming with all the tassled curtains floating in the wind. The food was excellent & uniquely compiled dishes made for a superb 7 course degustation. Dessert topped the night off as my favourite course, so many different flavours all delicious. Happy with the service, however being as late as it was I personally... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We had lunch here, the service was absolutely second to none, the food was very expensive $80 for 2 dishes but it was well presented, divine and plenty of it.....amazing I know...... The interior is very cool and would look amazing in the evening.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

The food was excellent although the duck was chewy. We (my wife especially) did not enjoy the trip up steep stairs to the bathrooms. The whole evening was pretty well ruined by the loud, obnoxious behaviour of the diners at the adjacent table. As this was our wedding anniversary we would have liked to have been able to hear our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate enough to have a 7 course degustation with wine match at Clooneys and from start to finish it was superb. The staff were attentive and knowledgable, without being intrusive, and the food was exquisite and technically very impressive. Beautifully chosen wine matches capped off a wonderful meal. One of the best I've ever had.

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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I'd never been to Clooney before but had heard so many good things! It lived up to expectations that is for sure. The place itself is very cool dim lighting and the tables are booths and all semi private seperated by fringe type curtains. You almost feel like you have your own private dining experience. The food was wonderful -... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Nestled down the end of dark Sale St, Clooney may seem understated from outside, however inside it is anything but. Clooney's has attention to detail of everything and everything was perfect for us. The staff were extremely attentive without being over the top and were very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. We had the 7 course tasting and each... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Somehow Clooney never made it to the top of our list to book until last night and all I can say is why did we wait so long. If you are looking for a value for money fine dining experience than Clooney is everything you could wish for. We had a party of 6 and everyone was extremely impressed, enjoyed... More 

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new zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

hidden behind the understated façade is a very decent and very fine restaurant. Wait staff were very attentive, a bit pricey but that's what you pay for.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We chose the option of three courses for $95 and while the menu had only five entrees and five main courses to choose from the four of us all had something different. While the small servings are typically fine dining portions we all had enough and left very satisfied. The import wine list is expensive but there are still a... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Clooney is one of my favourite restaurants in Auckland, it is simply perfect. The food last night was superb, the service was outstanding and I just love the atmosphere, it is like you are transported to NYC. The detail in the plates, glasses for each wine and presentation of the food is amazing! You will not be disappointed!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33 Sale Street | Freeman's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-358 1702

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 60 - 110

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Located in the heart of Auckland's Freeman's Bay, Clooney is a partnership between restaurateur Tony Stewart and Chef Desmond Harris. Chef Harris' cuisine melds the tradition of classical cuisine with a contemporary approach to ingredients and technique. Clooney's dishes are continually in progress, reflecting seasonality, inspiration and evolution.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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